Everybody loved "M*A*S*H," the popular '70s-era TV show that depicted the tragic, but sometimes comedic, realities of war. The program's 1983 finale was watched by an incredible — the most ever for a TV series finale, and also the most-watched TV event in history. This record stood until 2010, when Super Bowl XLIV topped the "M*A*S*H" episode with 106.5 million viewers.
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M*A*S*H units were created at the end of World War II and were revolutionary at the time. The concept was simple: Set up hospitals with well-equipped operating rooms just behind the frontlines. This proximity to the battlefield meant more soldiers' lives could be saved.
In 2007, the U.S. Army's , in Pakistan, was handed over to the Pakistani government and the program ended. Today, the Army employs smaller medical units instead, which are nimbler and can travel directly to casualties.
Now it's time to see how much you know about the beloved, fictional 4077th. Take the quiz!
MASH is the acronym for "Mobile Army Surgical Hospital."
Members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital cared for the injured during the Korean War.
Capt. Benjamin Pierce, played by Alan Alda, went by the nickname Hawkeye.
Hawkeye and Trapper called Frank Burns Ferret Face.
Larry Gelbart was writer and creator of the television series.
William Christopher played Father Mulcahy, who often worries about whether his job is doing any good for the people he counsels.
Col. Potter replaced the departing Col. Henry Blake of the 4077th MASH unit.
Fans of the show were shocked when Col. Blake's character was killed when his plane was shot down over the Sea of Japan.
American actor Jamie Farr played Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger.
Klinger tries to convince his superiors he's mentally unfit for service (under "Section 8") — mostly by wearing dresses.
The teddy bear Radar slept with every night was originally found on the Fox Ranch where the series was filmed and became part of the show.
Cast members who voted in favor of continuing the series were the ones subsequently featured on the short-lived spinoff "AfterMASH."
Hawkeye goes to extreme lengths to find out what B. J. stands for, but all official paperwork claims that B. J. really is his first name. B. J. explains that his parents' names are Bea and Jay and says that this is the reason for his odd name, but whether this is actually true is never made clear.
Hawkeye and B. J. Hunnicutt love to call Margaret "Hot Lips."
Margaret's father, Alvin Houlihan, went by the nickname Howitzer Al. He served under Gen. MacArthur and kept a signed photo as a memento.
Alan Alda acted in every episode. Loretta Swit was contracted to the show for all 11 seasons but did not appear in several episodes.
Major Houlihan and Klinger were married (Margaret in person, Klinger over the phone) and shared the same dress. Both divorced during their service at the 4077th as well.
There were 251 episodes of M.A.S.H over 11 seasons.
Hawkeye, Margaret and Father Mulcahy are the only characters that lasted from the original movie all the way through the end of the series.
The Academy Award-nominated film, which became one of the biggest of the early 1970s, was based on Richard Hooker's novel "MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors."
Winchester's commanding officer in Tokyo assigned Winchester to the 4077th for beating him at a game of at cribbage.
Radar O'Reilly is from Ottumwa, Iowa, and joined the army right after high school.
Col. Potter's horse was named Sophie. He gave Sophie to Sister Teresa's orphanage after the war ended, since he couldn't take her back to the U.S.
After graduating from Fordham University in 1956, Alda joined the U.S. Army Reserve and served a six-month tour of duty in Korea, after the cease-fire in 1953.
"M.A.S.H" was nominated for 153 different awards and won 62, including the 1982 Golden Globe for best television series – comedy or musical and the 1974 Emmy for outstanding comedy series.
Alda was nominated for the Golden Globe every year from 1973 to 1983 and won it five times. He also was nominated every year for the best lead actor in a comedy series Emmy, taking home the honor twice.
"Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was a 2 1/2-hour long episode.
B. J. has actually spelled out the word "goodbye," not "farewell."
The series finale is still one of the highest rated American shows of all time, reaching 105.9 million viewers.
Before Potter rides away to the local orphanage on his beloved horse, Pierce and Hunnicutt both give Col. Potter a salute, something they seldom did for anyone, as a small token of gratitude.